Twin car bombs detonate near prison complex in north Iraq, killing prison commander, bodyguard

Twin car bombs detonate near prison complex in north Iraq, killing prison commander, bodyguard 15 Nov 2010 A prison commander and his body guard were killed on Monday when twin car bombs detonated outside a residential complex housing prison guards and staff in northern Iraq, officials said. The Badoosh prison is located on the outskirts of the northern city of Mosul. An Iraqi intelligence official in Mosul confirmed al-Jibouri died in the attacks that also wounded 16 people, including five bystanders.

Mandatory flu shots or your job? Hospitals get tough with workers

'It's been clear that voluntary methods have not been very effective.' Mandatory flu shots or your job? Hospitals get tough with workers 14 Nov 2010 After cajoling employees to get a [squalene-laden, mercury-filled] flu shot for years, hospitals statewide are getting tough on employees this year, with controversial policies that require some workers to mask their face for months if they skip a flu shot. Last week, the Washington State Hospital Association announced that 94 of the state's 98 hospitals had adopted a policy requiring health-care workers to get a flu shot or nasal mist, or take another "patient protective action."

Seven killed in Iraq’s violence

Seven killed in Iraq’s violence 15 Nov 2010 Seven people were killed and 15 wounded in gunfire and bomb attacks in northern and central Iraq on Sunday, the police said. In Iraq’s northern city of Kirkuk, three Iraqi soldiers were killed when a roadside bomb struck their dismounted patrol in a village in al-Rashad area, just south of Kikruk, some 250 km north of Baghdad, a local police source said a foreign news agency on condition of anonymity.

US military base attacked in Afghanistan

US military base attacked in Afghanistan 15 Nov 2010 A US military base has come under heavy rocket attack in eastern Afghan province of Kunar, blowing up a fuel tank there and destroying six armored vehicles in the base. "The forward operating base in Kunar province in the district of Asadabad received small arms fire and a round from a rocket-propelled grenade," an ISAF spokesperson said on Monday. "The RPG struck a fuel bladder. The fire is under control at this time. The fire did destroy six MRAPs (mine-resistant armored protected vehicles) and an ambulance."

Taliban-linked activities kill 6 NATO soldiers in single day

Taliban-linked activities kill 6 NATO soldiers in single day 15 Nov 2010 Taliban-linked activities claimed the lives of six service members with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Sunday, proving the day as the deadliest one in the current month, the alliance confirmed in statements released here. The soldiers, according to the statements, released here Sunday and Monday had been killed in Taliban-linked activities in the southern and eastern provinces.

'Fusion centers' gather terrorism intelligence - and much more

'Fusion centers' gather terrorism intelligence - and much more --72 facilities [426 million-dollar federal bl*wjob] in the U.S. are starting to worry civil libertarians. 15 Nov 2010 72 "fusion centers" across the country were started after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorism attacks to improve information-sharing and threat analysis among local law enforcement. The centers, which have received $426 million in federal funding since 2004, were designed as an early warning system against the next attack. Lately, amid the recent uptick in homegrown plots [?!?], the Homeland Security Department has been touting fusion centers as a means of thwarting domestic terrorism. But... many of the centers have begun collecting and distributing criminal intelligence, even of the most mundane kind.

Bombs, bullets kill 3 civilians in Iraq

Bombs, bullets kill 3 civilians in Iraq 14 Nov 2010 Three Iraqi civilians have been killed and eight people, including security forces, wounded in Iraq's Nineveh and Diyala provinces. In the eastern province of Diyala, a leading member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) was killed on Saturday in a bombing in the city of Khanaqin, the Aswat al-Iraq news agency reported. In the incident, an explosive device placed in a vehicle belonging to PUK official Nawzad Rahim Khardal detonated in Sa'adiya village, north of the provincial capital Baqouba.

Israel denies fuel to Gaza power plant

Israel denies fuel to Gaza power plant 14 Nov 2010 Israel has refused to supply fuel to the Gaza Strip's main electricity plant as power outages have intensified in the besieged coastal sliver. There have been up to twelve hours of power outages in Gaza. Gaza's main power plant has two turbine generators and only one of them works due to fuel shortages, a Press TV correspondent reported.

Speaker: US Seeking to Dominate Region under Pretext of War on Terrorism

Speaker: US Seeking to Dominate Region under Pretext of War on Terrorism 14 Nov 2010 Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani strongly criticized the United States' double-standard approach towards terrorism, and reiterated that Washington is using the so-called war on terrorism as an excuse to dominate the region. "The Islamic Republic of Iran has frequently announced that based on information the US pursues a hypocritical attitude towards the issue of terrorism and views it as a pretext for dominating the region," Larijani said on Sunday.

US-led troops kill Afghan child

US-led troops kill Afghan child 14 Nov 2010 NATO forces have killed a child during clashes with Taliban militants in the troubled southern Afghanistan, the US-led military alliance says in a statement. NATO said two children were caught in the crossfire between the foreign forces and Taliban militants in the Zhari district of Kandahar.

Britain's top soldier says al-Qaeda cannot be beaten

Britain's top soldier says al-Qaeda cannot be beaten 13 Nov 2010 The new head of Britain's armed forces, Gen Sir David Richards, has warned that the West cannot defeat al-Qaeda and militant Islam. He said defeating Islamist militancy was "unnecessary and would never be achieved". However, he argued that it could be "contained" to allow Britons to lead secure lives. Gen Richards said the threat posed by "al-Qaeda and its affiliates" meant Britain's national security would be at risk for at least 30 years.

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U.S. to store additional $400 million in weapons in Israel

U.S. to store additional $400 million in weapons in Israel 11 Nov 2010 The United States will store an additional $400 million in emergency military equipment in Israel. The new equipment, which will arrive in Israel over the next two years, will be available to Israel in the event of an emergency. It will bring to $1.2 billion the amount of American military equipment being stockpiled in Israel by 2012. Congress approved the storage of new weapons in Israel last month, but the story was first reported this week in Defense News magazine.

National Opt-Out Day Called Against Invasive Body Scanners

National Opt-Out Day Called Against Invasive Body Scanners By Kim Zetter 12 Nov 2010 Air travelers, mark your calendar. An activist [Brian Sodegren] opposed to the new invasive body scanners in use at airports around the country just designated Wednesday, Nov. 24 as a National Opt-Out Day. He’s encouraging airline passengers to decline the TSA’s technological strip searches en masse on that day as a protest against the scanners, as well as the new “enhanced pat-downs” inflicted on refuseniks.

Secret report: CIA created 'safe haven' for Nazis

Secret report: CIA created 'safe haven' for Nazis --Justice Department probe points to intelligence agency's involvement with Nazi émigrés after WWII despite being aware of their pasts. 14 Nov 2010 The Central Intelligence Agency created a "safe haven" in the United States for Nazis and their collaborators after World War II for intelligence gathering purposes, the New York Times revealed Sunday, citing a 600-page report "which the Justice Department has tried to keep secret for four years." According to the American daily, the report’s most damning disclosures come in assessing the C.I.A.'s involvement with Nazi émigrés.

9/11 Family Group Releases TV Ad Calling for World Trade Center Building 7 Investigation

9/11 Family Group Releases TV Ad Calling for World Trade Center Building 7 Investigation 02 Nov 2010 The NYC Coalition for Accountability Now (NYC CAN) is launching a television ad campaign on Election Day in New York City calling for an investigation into the destruction of World Trade Center Building 7, the third building to collapse on 9/11.  Building 7 came down at 5:20 in the afternoon although it had not been hit by an aircraft. The ad, which is entitled "BuildingWhat?" and can be viewed at BuildingWhat.org, will air 350+ times from November 2 through November 10 and is estimated to be seen by millions of viewers in the New York Metropolitan Area, reaching core target audiences multiple times.

US vows long-term engagement with Pakistan

US vows long-term engagement with Pakistan 14 Nov 2010 The United States has said building a partnership of trust with Pakistan and Afghanistan requires a long-term commitment to the two countries as top American officials acknowledged Pakistan’s efforts in the fight against terrorists operating in the region. In a joint appearance on an American TV channel, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defence Secretary Robert Gates noted that Pakistan is working to root out the Taliban and al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] as they pledged long-term US engagement with the region.

US drone attack kills five in North Waziristan

US drone attack kills five in North Waziristan 14 Nov 2010 A suspected US missile strike hit a Taliban stronghold near the Afghan border on Saturday, killing five alleged militants as they were travelling in a vehicle and at least three of the dead were believed to be foreigners, intelligence and government officials said. The attack was the seventh this month and underscored America’s increasing reliance on drone-fired missiles to take out targets it deems a danger to the war effort in Afghanistan.

4 US-led soldiers killed in Afghanistan

4 US-led soldiers killed in Afghanistan 14 Nov 2010 NATO has announced that four US-led soldiers have lost their lives in southern Afghanistan amid a growing fear in the West of the number of fatalities in the war-ravaged country. A statement released by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said that a soldier was killed on Sunday after a bomb exploded in Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province near the border with Pakistan.

Secret Papers Reveal U.S. Created 'Safe Haven' for Ex-Nazis

Secret Papers Reveal U.S. Created 'Safe Haven' for Ex-Nazis --Perhaps the report’s most damning [albeit least surprising] disclosures come in assessing the Central Intelligence Agency's involvement with Nazi émigrés. 14 Nov 2010 A secret history of the United States government’s Nazi-hunting operation concludes that American intelligence officials created a “safe haven” in the United States for Nazis and their collaborators after World War II, and it details decades of clashes, often hidden, with other nations over war criminals here and abroad. The 600-page report, which the Justice Department has tried to keep secret for four years, provides new evidence about more than two dozen of the most notorious Nazi cases of the last three decades.

Karzai wants U.S. to reduce military operations in Afghanistan

Karzai wants U.S. to reduce military operations in Afghanistan --Comments placed him at odds with U.S. commander Gen. David H. Petraeus, who has made capture-and-kill missions a central component of his counterinsurgency 'strategy' 13 Nov 2010 President Hamid Karzai said on Saturday that the United States must reduce the visibility and intensity of its military operations in Afghanistan and end the increased U.S. Special Operations forces night raids that aggravate Afghans and could exacerbate the Taliban insurgency. In an interview with The Washington Post, Karzai said that he wanted American troops off the roads and out of Afghan homes and that the long-term presence of so many foreign soldiers would only worsen the war.

Karzai wants U.S. to cut back Afghan military operations

Karzai wants U.S. to cut back Afghan military operations 13 Nov 2010 Afghan President Hamid Karzai wants the U.S. military to scale back the visibility and intensity of its operations in Afghanistan and end night raids that he said incited people to join the Taliban insurgency, The Washington Post reported on Saturday. "The time has come to reduce military operations," Karzai told the Post in an interview. "The time has come to reduce the presence of, you know, boots in Afghanistan ... to reduce the intrusiveness into the daily Afghan life."

Drug expert claims David Kelly was murdered as he could not have taken overdose

Drug expert claims David Kelly was murdered as he could not have taken overdose 13 Nov 2010 Police have been urged to start a murder inquiry into Dr David Kelly’s death following further allegations that he did not commit suicide. Officers have been told the government scientist could not have taken an overdose of painkillers... Dr Andrew Watt, an experienced clinical pharmacologist, says he has told Thames Valley Police it is not possible Dr Kelly could have swallowed more than a ‘safe’ dose of two coproxamol tablets because there was so little in his system after death.

Afghan opium price soars, new planting feared

Afghan opium price soars, new planting feared 12 Nov 2010 Afghan opium prices are soaring, prompting fear that farmers will switch to planting poppies and reverse gains in cutting output, the head of the United Nations' Afghanistan narcotics office said. [US-occupied] Afghanistan produces about 90 percent of the world's opium, used to make heroin, and prices have hit six-year highs as market speculation builds about the 2011 crop, Jean-Luc Lemahieu, head of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Kabul, said.

Taliban stealing U.S. Army uniforms

Taliban stealing U.S. Army uniforms 13 Nov 2010 Pentagon officials are warning commanders not to ship Army uniforms through the usual U.S. supply routes in Pakistan and Afghanistan because Taliban fighters are stealing them to "gain a tactical advantage on the battlefield." In a message obtained by POLITICO, the Pentagon tells Army commanders that certain uniform items should be treated as "sensitive cargo" and flown into Afghanistan, not shipped over land, so they won't be intercepted.

Opposition to U.S. trial likely to keep mastermind of 9/11 attacks in detention

Opposition to U.S. trial likely to keep mastermind of 9/11 attacks in detention --Administration asserts it can hold prisoners without trial under laws of war 13 Nov 2010 Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the self-proclaimed [under torture] mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, will probably remain in military detention without trial for the foreseeable future, according to Obama administration officials. The administration has concluded that it cannot put Mohammed on trial in federal court because of the opposition of lawmakers in Congress and in New York. The administration asserts that it can hold Mohammed and other 'al-Qaeda' operatives under the laws of war, a principle that has been upheld by the courts when Guantanamo Bay detainees prisoners have challenged their detention.

Khalid Shaikh Mohammed will be held in military prison without trial indefinitely: report

Khalid Shaikh Mohammed will be held in military prison without trial indefinitely: report 13 Nov 2010 Khalid Shaikh Mohammed will likely be held in military prison without a trial indefinitely as the Obama administration decides what to do with the 9/11 alleged mastermind, according to a new report. A trial - civilian or military - is not expected to happen before the next presidential election, the Washington Post reported Saturday. The Obama administration apparently fears backlash will come from either decision.

More NATO trucks torched in Pakistan

More NATO trucks torched in Pakistan 13 Nov 2010 Militants in Pakistan have set fire to at least three NATO trucks carrying supplies to the US-led forces in neighboring Afghanistan. The trucks were torched by gunmen in the southwestern province of Balochistan, a Press TV correspondent reported on Saturday. The vehicles were burned down near Chaman close to the border with Afghanistan. [See: Nato contractors 'bombing own vehicles' in Pakistan 07 Oct 2010.]

Moscow zoo polar bear shot several times

Moscow zoo polar bear shot several times --Bear faces threat of infection 13 Nov 2010 The Moscow Zoo's most popular polar bear has been the victim of a multiple-gunshot attack, the zoo said on Saturday. The 20-year-old Wrangle, whom the zoo acquired as a cub off the Arctic Ocean's Wrangle Island in 1991, came under attack from a small-calibre gun at the end of October, the zoo said in a statement. The father of two cubs, Wrangle usually stays out of sight in an enclosure but can be seen from a high-rise apartment building opposite the zoo, the statement said.

U.S. scanners present skin cancer risk: MDs

U.S. scanners present skin cancer risk: MDs --Technology not permitted in Canada 13 Nov 2010 U.S. scientists warned Friday that the full-body, graphic-image X-ray scanners that are being used to screen passengers at airports around that country may be unsafe, raising concerns for Canadians travelling south of the border. "They say the risk is minimal, but statistically someone is going to get skin cancer from these X-rays," said Dr. Michael Love, who runs an X-ray lab at the department of biophysics and biophysical chemistry at Johns Hopkins University School of medicine. "No exposure to X-ray is considered beneficial."

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